Ervand Abrahamian

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Ervand Abrahamian
Born1940 (age 7879)
Citizenship United States
Alma materRugby School St. John's College, Oxford University
Columbia University
Spouse(s)Helen Harbison (1944-81), Mary Nolan
ChildrenEmma and Rafi
Scientific career
Fields History of Iran
Institutions Princeton University
New York University
The City University of New York
Thesis Social Bases of Iranian Politics: The Tudeh Party, 1941–53  (1969)
Academic advisors Keith Thomas [1]
Doctoral students Touraj Atabaki
Influences George Rudé, [1] E. P. Thompson, [1] Christopher Hill, [1] Eric Hobsbawm [1]

Ervand Abrahamian (Armenian : Երուանդ Աբրահամեան; Persian : یرواند آبراهامیان) is a historian of Middle Eastern and particularly Iranian history.

Armenian language Indo-European language

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Persian language Western Iranian language

Persian, also known by its endonym Farsi, is one of the Western Iranian languages within the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European language family. It is a pluricentric language primarily spoken in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and some other regions which historically were Persianate societies and considered part of Greater Iran. It is written right to left in the Persian alphabet, a modified variant of the Arabic script.


Born in Tehran to Iranian-Armenian parents and raised in England, he received his M.A. at Oxford University and his Ph.D. at Columbia University. He teaches at the City University of New York (CUNY) where he is Distinguished Professor of History at Baruch College and the CUNY Graduate Center. He has taught at Princeton University, New York University and Oxford University. Abrahamian was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010. [2]

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He has appeared as a guest on such shows as Charlie Rose [3] and World Focus, speaking on contemporary Iranian politics. [4]


Abrahamian served as the vice chairperson of the 'Committee to Defend Artistic and Intellectual Freedom in Iran' (CAIFI), whose chairperson was Reza Baraheni as of March 1976.

Reza Baraheni Iranian writer and academic

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  2. "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter A" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
  3. Charlie Rose Show Interview:
  4. World Focus Interview

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